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The City of Raleigh is the 2nd largest city in North Carolina with a population of 476,639 as of July 1, 2021. Raleigh ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.
The primary coordinate point for Raleigh is located at latitude 35.7721 and longitude -78.6386 in Wake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Raleigh encompass a land area of 144.12 sq. miles and a water area of 1.08 sq. miles. Wake County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 315 feet.
While the primary coordinates for City of Raleigh are located in Wake County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Durham County.
The City of Raleigh has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Raleigh: Wake Court House.
|Total Population||476,639 (100%)|
|Population in Households||455,906 (95.7%)|
|Population in Families||323,771 (67.9%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||20,733 ( 4.3%)|
|Median Household Income||$68,980|
|Average Household Income||$97,221|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||18%|
|Per Capita Income||$39,496|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||208,698 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||98,285 (47.1%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||95,044 (45.5%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||15,368 ( 7.4%)|
|Median Home Value||$288,272|
|Average Home Value||$346,969|
|Housing Affordability Index3||135|
|Average Household Size||2.36|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.51%|
|Per Capita Income||2.21%|
|Owner Occupied HU||1.75%|
The table below compares Raleigh to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.
|Total Population||# 2||100th|
|Population Density||# 3||100th|
|Median Household Income||# 112||85th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 151||20th|
|Per Capita Income||# 89||88th|
|Diversity Index||# 86||88th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.